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Threats of force are a common feature of international politics, advocated by some as an economical guarantee against the outbreak of war and condemned by others as a recipe for war. Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter forbids states to use threats of force, yet the meaning of the prohibition is unclear. This book provides the first comprehensive appraisal of the no-threat principle: its origin, underlying rationale, theoretical implications, relevant jurisprudence, and how it has withstood the test of time from 1945 to the present. Based on a systematic evaluation of state and United Nations practices, the book identifies what constitutes a threat of force and when its use is justified under the United Nations Charter. In so doing, it relates the no-threat principle to important concepts of the twentieth century, such as deterrence, escalation, crisis management, and what has been aptly described as the 'diplomacy of violence'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521873888
ISBN-10: 0521873886
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dr. Nikolas Sturchler

Senior research fellow at the World Trade Institute and visiting lecturer in international and constitutional law at the University of Basel.

Books By Author Dr. Nikolas Sturchler

Threat of Force in International Law by Dr. Nikolas Sturchler

The Threat of Force in International Law

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